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Living for the Moment

by Peter Hanmer

An Instrumental guitar album with songs that vary from uptempo rock tracks to epic movie style soundtracks.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. Living for the Moment
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2. Running Wild
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3. Guiding Light, Pt. 1
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4. Guiding Light, Pt. 2
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5. Lightning Strikes
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6. Blues Parade
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7. Loverock Blues
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8. Shades of Blue
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9. Bad Attitude
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10. Ovation
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11. Blueprint
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12. Race Against Time
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13. Speed Freak
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Living for the Moment was inspired by the incredible response Peter received from his debut solo album, Revelation. The album consists of a number of brand new songs and also includes a few “updated” versions of songs that originated on two of Off The Edge albums. (Off The Edge is Peter’s melodic rock project that has been in existence since 1983.)

Larry Rose played drums and percussion. “It was a pleasure and a privilege working with you, Larry. Your style came through on every track and formed the backbone of the entire album. Thank you so much. You are a monster!” (Peter Hanmer)

Guitars used were Gibson Les Paul Standard, Gibson Les Paul Studio, Tokai Loverocks, Fender Strat, Takamine nylon string and Ibanez Artwood acoustic.

Peter decided to play bass guitar on his own album because Mike Dorea (who played bass on Revelation) moved to Cape Town. Mike did however play on “Race Against Time” which he recorded before he left Johannesburg. At the eleventh hour, Brad Cunningham contributed a worthy blues harp on “Bad Attitude”. Peter played all keyboards.

Following the Cape Town theme set in Revelation, the CD cover photograph was taken by John Maarschalk across Hout Bay.The album was produced and mastered at Foxglove Studios and was released on 25 March 2013.

Review of the track "Blues Parade" in Recording Magazine.
March 2014

Reviewed By: Marty Peters

This month's Spotlight, recorded in a studio Peter built himself near Johannesburg, South Africa, is a superb example of guitar tone and texture, and how to weave them creatively while building an awesome arrangement. Though it is not uncommon for many guitarists to include in their arsenal instruments that employ different pickups, e.g. a Gibson with humbuckers along with a Fender Strat/Tele with single coils, and perhaps more esoteric choices such as guitars equipped with P-90s, mini-humbuckers and Filter-trons, we have rarely heard them presented so distinctly or successfully.

The track intros with a nicely recorded and beautifully panned conga part leading us into a funky full band groove with a NASTY (in a good way!) sounding lead guitar. The tone here is in the Warren Haynes/Gary Moore camp, distorted but rich and full with great note definition and sustain. At approximately 1:10 into the song, Pete switches to a distinctly single coil sound, a little "quacky", but no less impressive, oh and did we mention the brother flat out burns on the guitar!

The goodness continues with a palate-cleansing acoustic guitar/keyboard interlude at 1:58, providing our senses with a well-arranged and beautifully recorded respite prior to Peter launching into yet another killer solo, this one showcasing some bridge pickup bite. Finally, at 3:22, Pete goes for all the marbles with a dual panned HEAVY rhythm guitar track in support of his final solos, before ending it all with an awesome acoustic "Stairway to Heaven" homage.

Suggestions: As you may have guessed, we were mighty impressed... not only by the skill level and "tone-age" here, but also with the seamless transitions in the arrangement. So often in this type of piece, we hear level disparities and energy drops between sections, but Peter has managed to take us from sound to sound effortlessly, navigating his mix with aplomb.

We should also mention that the rhythm section, while basic, provides a perfect support cast for the guitars. Lastly, Peter receives extra Spotlight kudos for the oh so tasty "shadow and light" he affords the arrangement during the three acoustic sections of the song. Well conceived, well played, well arranged. (We were tempted to disqualify him for telling us about his pickups but not about his studio monitors, but... nah.)

Summary: Lots of folks can riff... fewer can have it mean something!


Review
12 April 2013
Review by: Leon Economides, the Rockit Scientist (Rockfest on MixFM 93.8)

“Peter Hanmer’s new album, “Living For The Moment”, is a natural and excellent successor to “Revelation”, which was released midway through 2010.

Featuring re-worked versions of tracks such as “Blueprint”, “Guiding Light” and “Ovation”, the album sees Peter exploring a more blues/rock direction, with the fantastic “Blues Suite”, which is comprised of three tracks, demonstrating the versatility and sheer class of this most gifted musician/producer, who has become highly regarded as one of South Africa’s best and most respected guitarists. His live work with Off The Edge and Clint & Co is legendary, and he has used this experience gained, together with his undoubted talent, to release an album that surely deserves its rightful place as one of the best guitar-dominant instrumental albums to have been released in South Africa in recent years.

Tasty rockers such as “Lightning Strikes”, “Bad Attitude”, which features sterling blues harp by Brad Cunningham, and bonus track “Speed Freak’’, add a fantastic balance and diversity to an album that should see Peter Hanmer finally enjoy the acclaim he so richly deserves, not only as a musician and songwriter, but as a producer as well.

With the legendary Larry Rose on drums, and Mike Dorea on bass on one track, Peter handles all guitar, bass and keyboards. This is an expertly produced and recorded album that will undoubtedly be appreciated by lovers of blues, progressive and classic rock.”

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Leon Economides, the Rockit Scientist on MixFM 93.8

Living for the Moment by Peter Hanmer
Leon Economides, the Rockit Scientist (Rockfest on MixFM 93.8)

“Peter Hanmer’s new album, “Living For The Moment”, is a natural and excellent successor to “Revelation”, which was released midway through 2010.

Featuring re-worked versions of tracks such as “Blueprint”, “Guiding Light” and “Ovation”, the album sees Peter exploring a more blues/rock direction, with the fantastic “Blues Suite”, which is comprised of three tracks, demonstrating the versatility and sheer class of this most gifted musician/producer, who has become highly regarded as one of South Africa’s best and most respected guitarists. His live work with Off The Edge and Clint & Co is legendary, and he has used this experience gained, together with his undoubted talent, to release an album that surely deserves its rightful place as one of the best guitar-dominant instrumental albums to have been released in South Africa in recent years.

Tasty rockers such as “Lightning Strikes”, “Bad Attitude”, which features sterling blues harp by Brad Cunningham, and bonus track “Speed Freak’’, add a fantastic balance and diversity to an album that should see Peter Hanmer finally enjoy the acclaim he so richly deserves, not only as a musician and songwriter, but as a producer as well.

With the legendary Larry Rose on drums, and Mike Dorea on bass on one track, Peter handles all guitar, bass and keyboards. This is an expertly produced and recorded album that will undoubtedly be appreciated by lovers of blues, progressive and classic rock.”
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